Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

If I met this guy in an old church, I’d run for the hills. He has a serious and sunken eyed stare that could frighten the pants off the best youthful prankster during Sunday sermon. Does he look like he’s kidding when he says “sit still!”? His beard is impressive, reaching the level of his bow tie, and his mustache extends well beyond the width of his cheeks. This is not facial hair he grew out last year; it has been groomed for quite some time.

The cabinet card has been cut so the photographer information is missing. I’d guess this is from the 1890s or thereabouts based on the card itself being white. Although I have seen many pearl and buff colored cards from the 1880s, it isn’t until the 1890s that white cards seem to become popular, based on my inexpert and narrow sampling of cabinet cards.

5 thoughts on “Sunken eyed stare

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    There is a photograph of Rev. Absalom and his wife Jane Joy in Ancestry.com (not a member so I can’t see more than a thumbnail of it) and Absalom looks much like this man – same coat and tie, same beard and sunken eyes except his beard appears white.

    Perhaps this is Vincent S. If you can – you might want to compare this photo with the one(s) in Ancestry.com (attached to Jane Faires (1803-1880) a Joy decendent has an account there).


  2. He certainly does have facial hair. I agree he is scary looking. Some cabinet cards are very difficult to date..especially the ones with men:(


  3. Rio says:

    I don’t think he’s scary at all; he had very light coloured eyes – probably clearwater blue, and pallid eyebrows, which don’t show well in this photo. His gaze is intense, but it’s not unkind – you can tell he’s smiling softly under the facial hair.


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